Jonathan E. Peelle, PhD

Associate Professor
Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery

Research interests

Research in our lab is focused primarily on understanding how the brain understands speech, and how this is affected by changes in cognitive and hearing ability. We study speech and auditory processing in adults of all ages and varying levels of hearing. We use a combination of behavioral testing and brain imaging to investigate the cognitive processes involved in speech comprehension and how cognitive demands vary between listeners. Some of the brain imaging techniques we rely on are structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, and high-density diffuse optical tomography (HD-DOT).


  • PhD (Neuroscience), Brandeis University, 2005
  • MA (Cognitive Psychology), Brandeis University, 2002
  • BA (Psychology), BMus (Horn performance), Houghton College (with honors) 1999


  • Royal Society International Travel Award, 2010
  • Brain Travel Grant, 2009
  • Career Development Fellowship, UK Medical Research Council, 2008–2010
  • American Psychological Assoc. Dissertation Research Award, 2003
  • American Psychological Assoc. Div. 20 Award for Proposed Doctoral Research, 2003

Selected publications

  1. Peelle JE (2018) Listening effort: How the cognitive consequences of acoustic challenge are reflected in brain and behavior. Ear and Hearing, 39:204-214, doi:10.1097/AUD.0000000000000494.
  2. Scott-Wittenborn N, Karadaghy O, Piccirillo JF, Peelle JE (2017) A methodological assessment of studies that use voxel-based morphometry to study tinnitus. Hearing Research 355:23–32. doi:10.1016/j.heares.2017.09.002
  3. Hassanpour MS, Eggebrecht AT, Peelle JE, Culver JP (2017) Mapping effective connectivity within cortical networks with diffuse optical tomography. Neurophotonics 4:041402. doi:10.1117/1.NPh.4.4.041402
  4. Peelle JE (2017) Optical neuroimaging of spoken language. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 32:847–854. doi:10.1080/23273798.2017.1290810
  5. Peelle JE, Wingfield A (2016) The neural consequences of age-related hearing loss. Trends in Neurosciences 39:486–497. doi:10.1016/j.tins.2016.05.001
  6. Roland LT, Peelle JE, Kallogjeri D, Nicklaus JE, Piccirillo JF (2016) The effect of rTMS to temporoparietal cortex on neural connectivity in tinnitus: A randomized trial. Laryngoscope 126:1201– 1206. doi:10.1002/lary.25650
  7. Lee YS, Min NE, Wing ield A, Grossman M, Peelle JE (2016) Acoustic richness modulates the neural networks supporting intelligible speech processing. Hearing Research 333:108–117. doi:10.1016/j.heares.2015.12.008
  8. Ward CM, Rogers CS, Van Engen KJ, Peelle JE (2016) Effects of age, acoustic challenge, and verbal working memory on recall of narrative speech. Experimental Aging Research 42:126–144. doi:10.1080/0361073X.2016.1108785
  9. Peelle JE, Sommers MS (2015) Prediction and constraint in audiovisual speech perception. Cortex 68:169–181. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2015.03.006
  10. Hassanpour MS, Eggebrecht AT, Culver JP, Peelle JE (2015) Mapping cortical responses to speech using high-density diffuse optical tomography. NeuroImage 117:319–326. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.05.058
  11. Peelle JE (2014) Methodological challenges and solutions in auditory functional magnetic resonance imaging. Frontiers in Neuroscience 8:253. doi:10.3389/fnins.2014.00253